Here’s where we stand and remaining AAC games:
Tulsa 4-1 has Navy, UCF, & Cincy
Navy 4-1 has Tulsa, ECU, & SMU
Houston 4-2 has Tulane & Memphis
Memphis 3-2 has USF, Cincy, & UH
Just looking at the remaining opponents, I don’t see Navy losing two games, barring key injuries. If Navy beats Tulsa, I think they will go 7-1 in AAC. If Tulsa beats Navy, I think they will go 7-1 in AAC. So, I expect the Navy - Tulsa winner will play the Temple - USF winner in the AAC championship game. Currently, of those 4, Navy, Tulsa, and USF all have 2 overall losses and if one runs the table, I expect to see them in the Cotton Bowl. We could end up with only 2 losses also, but will not be able to play in AAC championship game unless some weird things happen in the remainder of the regular season. Its possible, but improbable. That SMU loss has probably shot our chance for the AAC and the Cotton Bowl.
The American Athletic Conference doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography. UH would be in line for one of these:
– Armed Forces Bowl (Navy, if it isn’t in Cotton) vs. Big 12
– AutoNation Cure Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC
– Marmot Boca Raton Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Miami Beach Bowl vs. MAC
– Military Bowl vs. ACC
– Popeyes Bahamas Bowl vs. MAC
– St. Petersburg Bowl vs. ACC
The American Athletic has secondary partnerships with the AutoZone Liberty and Camping World Independence.